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“Good transition between the airport and a day's travel”
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Hotel Buena Vista
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Alajuela
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Keller, Texas, United States
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good transition between the airport and a day's travel”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Our tour group stayed the night for our first and final days of our two-week tour. The first night was problematic for some people in our group, but they seemed to be able to iron out the problems, eventually. Our room was the first one from the office and dining room, so we got a LOT of noise on a night we had to go to be early (and be at the airport at 5:30 a.m.), so that was a bit of a nuisance. But by and large, it is a nice place for a peaceful view of the mountains with a great cup of coffee and unwind before hitting the road. As with all the other hotels we experienced, the beds are less than stellar, but who cares?! You're in Costa Rica!

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms with the balcony overlooking the mountains
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Hotel staff was very attentive. The hotel was clean and well maintained. They are a bit off the beaten path - up on a ridge in Alajuela - but have a shuttle service to and from the airport. It was a good way to start or end a holiday. You are, however, pretty much stranded once you're there. Their dinners were good. Breakfast is included.

Some other traveler comments here complained their shower nozzle made noise. Mine did too; so what. If that's all there is to complain about, you're just looking for something to complain about.

Room Tip: The "Coffee Trail" out back was fun. It's a short walk with signposts and flowers...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We have just spent 3 nights at the Buena Vista hotel, which was excellent in every way. The hotel is set in a garden in the coffee plantation area in the hills above Alajuela. It is quiet, has lovely views across to San Jose and the temperature is perfect. The rooms and bathrooms are immaculate; everything, including the beds, is of a very high standard. We were upgraded to the junior suite with an enormous sun deck for the first night, which was a lovely start to our holiday, but our standard room was also excellent. Also, there was no noise from adjoining rooms.

The restaurant serves extremely good, reasonably priced, food. Breakfast is a beautifully presented plate of mixed fruits, toast and jam, fruit juice and coffee. It is possible to eat either in the dining room or outside by the adjacent pool area. The pool area is surrounded by flowers and looks through to the garden.

The hotel has a well stocked and keenly priced gift shop, which we used in preference to other shops that we saw in other locations.

The hotel's complimentary shuttles to and from the airport and connecting with the Interbus shuttle, worked smoothly. We also did the Poas Volcano/La Paz waterfall and gardens tour with the hotel, followed by an excellent lunch at a restaurant recommended by our driver/guide Coco.

The entire staff of the hotel, more of a team because it is very much a family concern with several members of families employed there, could not be more friendly and helpful. Our stay was perfect and I highly recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent but the rooms facing San Jose have a wonderful view
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

This is a great place to stay on your way into and out of CR. We arrived with our 2 kids late at night, tired. The kitchen was closed but the owners graciously allowed us to order dinner. The pool hours were also over, but again, the owners allowed our anxious kids to use it (as long as we were reasonably quiet). The rooms were recently remodeled- ours had amazing linens, pillows, and a luxurious bath. The view is tremendous. Small grounds, but intimate, and beautiful. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We reserved a balcony room on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Michigan
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We just got back from our second trip to The Buena Vista, it's a wonderful way to start (or end) your trip to Costa Rica.

The shuttle was waiting for us when we got off the plane and it's only 15 - 20 minutes to the hotel. They have remodeled the hotel since the last time we were there and it's GORGEOUS! We got a balcony room and it was nice to sit out there and take in the views of the central valley.

This hotel goes above and beyond to make sure it's guests are taken care of. We got in much later than expected and could not make our Interbus reservations for the next day when we were due in Cahuita. The internet was down as well. Irena at the front desk went above and beyond to help us. She even had her husband checking bus schedules from home for us! She ended up calling a taxi driver that the hotel frequently works with to pick us up, drive us into San Jose, buy our public bus tickets and then take us to the place where we wait for our bus.

The breakfast service is good. Delicious coffee, a muffin, toast and fresh fruit and orange juice. BUT if you want something really great - order off the menu and get banana macadamia nut pancakes. YUM! We also ate dinner at the hotel and it was very good.

Harlem was our server and go-to guy. He was super friendly and helpful. He even took us on a tour of the new guest houses that the hotel built. WOW!!!! The next time we come, I would LOVE to stay in one of these!

I can't say enough nice things about the Buena Vista. We really like this hotel!

Room Tip: It was about $10 more for the balcony room. I would definitely do this again. A guest house would...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Hudson, NC
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My family of 3 (or more depending on who is travelling with us) always stays at Buena Vista when we visit Costa Rica, which we do on a yearly basis. The staff and owners are helpful, courteous, friendly, and always available. The owners are on site as well which is a big plus. These folks remember us each time we book and have brought "Southern Hospitality" to one of the most beautiful settings I've ever seen. The food is wonderful. There is nothing better than sitting down to a plate of Arroz con Pollo at Buena Vista after a long day of travelling. And the breakfast is unbelievable. I can smell the coffee now. The entire staff are some of the best people I know, and they treat us like family. The rooms and the faciltiies are impeccably clean, and their renovations are going to be the icing on the cake! The housekeeping staff are wonderful and have been so helpful on every visit - they not only provide a perfectly cleaned room, but they do it with a smile and a genuine concern for their guest. I love Hotel Buena Vista. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: Love the balcony rooms looking over the central valley. Magical. And love the new villas.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Florida, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2012

We stayed here 2 nights at the last leg of our trip. Hotel situated in a very nice location ( up in the mountain) therefore the climate is always cool. Room was nice & clean (no AC , but as I've mentioned, you don't need an AC here). They have a coffee trail on the premise if you want to take a walk. Great view over looking Sanjose. Very nice property. About 15minutes to/from the airport, 30-40minutes to Poas volcan , 45 minutes to La Paz waterfall garden. Very relaxing stay, I would stay here again!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Buena Vista
Address: Across from catholic church, Pilas, Alajuela, Alajuela 4050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Alajuela
#7 Romantic Hotel in Alajuela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Buena Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The comment ofter heard in this hotel is, "We feel like we are at home." This is exactly the impression the management and staff of the Buena Vista strive to create. We are high on the summit of a mountain with a climate of eternal spring yet only fifteen minutes drive from the International Airport below. We will pick you up there and show you the wonders of this exotic country. ... more   less 
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